21 Savage Gives First Interview Since Detainment by ICE: 'It Was Definitely Targeted'
21 Savage made his first public appearance Friday (Feb. 15) with a sitdown interview that aired on ABC's Good Morning America. The interview found 21 detailing his nine days in detainment, why he feels he was the target of an operation, how the immigration enforcement system is broken, and much more. Savage was released by ICE on $100,000 bond Wednesday (Feb. 13).
The 26-year-old says ICE authorities didn't even explain to him why he was under arrest when he was pulled over on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3). "I don’t even know [what happened]. I was just driving and I just seen guns and blue lights, and then I was in the back of a car and I was gone," he claims. "They didn’t say nothing. They just said, ‘We got Savage.' It was definitely targeted.”
Savage, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, says he had no idea how coming to America at seven years old and overstaying a visa would impact his adult life. "I didn't know what a visa was. I was seven when I first came here. I didn't know what that meant as far as when I transferred into an adult, how that was going to effect my life," the "A Lot" rapper says. "I wasn't hiding it, but I didn't wanna get deported, so I'm not gonna come out and be like, 'Hey, by the way, I wasn't born here.'"
The London-born MC believes that there are better ways to handle immigrations issues, rather than being arrested and thrown behind bars. "I’ve been here 20 years, 19 years," 21 affirms. "This is all I know, you know what I’m saying? I don’t feel like you should be arrested and put in a place where a murderer would be for just being in the country for too long."
Watch clips from the GMA interview below.
"I don't think the policy is broken, I think the way they enforce the policy is broken." @21Savage speaks out for the first time after his immigration arrest to @LinseyDavis. https://t.co/8XGtNj5gS2 pic.twitter.com/i0jwEHfIEL— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2019
"They said 'We got Savage'" @21Savage tells @LinseyDavis he believes his arrest was targeted when he was pulled over in Atlanta says before the Super Bowl. https://t.co/8XGtNj5gS2 pic.twitter.com/yKREn5GyQ7— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2019
.@21Savage's lawyers believe this arrest had to do with a music video he released for his song "A Lot" that criticizes immigration policies on the border. https://t.co/8XGtNj5gS2 pic.twitter.com/5xiPoqhfs5— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2019
"I've been here 20 years. This is all I know." @21Savage says he doesn't believe people should be placed in jail for being in the country too long. Now, he says he wants to bring awareness to immigration policies and the "pain" they are causing people. pic.twitter.com/apstaY2RZI— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2019
"We believe he was targeted because he's a celebrity and they can use this to send a message." @21Savage's lawyer says the rapper wants to bring awareness and fight for people who don't have the same resources that he does. pic.twitter.com/IuqRfNeGZD— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2019